Tell us about yourself.
Allie Barke, age 17. I work as a buyer and salesperson at Duke & Duchess, our family’s retail clothing store in Cypress, CA. I am also an avid fashion blogger, alliesfashionalley.blogspot.com.
Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I live in Rossmoor, California, but I go to school in Newport Coast. Both places are near the beach and have a laid-back fashion vibe. In the summer, it’s all about cut-off shorts, boho prints and vintage inspired sundresses. When the weather gets colder (which it rarely does), skinny jeans, boots and oversized sweaters are must-haves.
What is your favorite brand/designer?
I love The Row, their glam-edgy look is what every girl desires! They make the ultimate luxe, splurge-worthy pieces.
Which celebrity has great style?
Alexa Chung, I admire that she always stays true to her personal style. Alexa looks classic and polished, with an enviable cool girl edge.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
I am passionate about fashion, specifically how fashion has the power to give women confidence through what they are wearing. I love giving fashion advice to my friends, as well as giving inspiration and advice through my family store’s Facebook page, my blog and my Polyvore page. I’m excited by my ability to inspire others and see [others] equally mesmerized by beautiful clothes and [clothes'] ability to instill confidence and poise. I hope to work alongside fashion connoisseurs like Anna Wintour, giving my opinion at fashion shows and putting my unique style into magazine editorials.
How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore is the best tool I have come across that allows me to share my style with a passionate fashion community. I have always loved fashion, but Polyvore helped me realize that my true passion comes from inspiring others and expressing my style. Polyvore is also a great tool for my blog!
How would you describe your set style?
I incorporate my own personal style into my sets, but I like to experiment with edgier looks that I wouldn’t necessarily wear myself. In my sets, I use the season’s latest trends as a starting point, then I interpret them in my own way.
What is your favorite Polyvore feature?
My favorite feature is the editor. It’s simple to create sets and there are endless possibilities. I also love entering all the contests.
Describe your personal sense of style.
My personal style is minimalist edgy. I love mixing contrasting colors and playing with bold patterns. My outfits consist of classic silhouettes, with added elements of edge or the latest trends. And above all, I always dress with class and sophistication.